May 25, 2015

The Next Big Thing: What You Ought to Know About Smart Appliances

The big buzz at the CES (Consumer Electronic Show) this past week in Las Vegas was the rise of smart appliances. With LG and Samsung leading the pack, how will these new smart appliances fit into our kitchens and lifestyles? What makes an appliance smart? Let Home-Tech show you the latest and greatest in major appliances and teach you a thing or two about these new smart appliances that will change the face of appliance maintenance forever.

There’s an App for That

For starters, there is the Samsung RF4289HARS, 28 cu. ft. 4-Door Refrigerator and 8″ LCD Digital Display with Apps. Keep your kitchen and family organized with special apps made for your refrigerator. Leave notes for your loved ones. Display photos from your Picasa library, mobile phone or SD card. Stay up to date with all your family activities with Google Calendar. Access hundreds of recipes from Epicurious. Plus, get the latest weather and news via Weather Bug and Associated Press all through Samsung’s brilliant, WiFi-enabled 8″ LCD screen.

LG’s Smart ThinQ  is Head of the Class

LG’s smart appliances go a step farther than a computer in the appliance.  They developed a way for appliances to talk to each other and to the owner, providing self diagnosis when one of these appliances is in need of repair. With built-in WiFi, this range, or other connected LG smart appliance can communicate with LG’s service network to diagnose problems and share its status with the Smart ThinQ app on an iPad, iPhone or android phoneOur friends at LG mentioned that their, “New smart appliances are equipped with innovative device-to-device connectivity features and the LG Home Energy Management System (HeMS), opening up a new era in convenient and efficient home management.”

Smart Appliances in the Real World

Home-Tech’s Corporate Sales Manager, Mike Hendershott, is excited about the forward movement of smart appliances. He explains, “Besides the bells and whistles, like being able to turn on your oven and set it to bake a roast from your cell phone, the practical uses of smart appliance technology will revolutionize the service and repair end of our business. Expect to be able to self-diagnose a broken smart appliance by simply launching the app on your phone or tablet. Smart appliances will send the error code to you and to the manufacturer, who will then notify the customers’ preferred appliance repair company of the appliance breakdown.”

Of course, there is a down side to this new technology. As it is still new and evolving, there is still no way to connect smart appliances from one manufacturer to another. Expert blogger, Ethan Wollf-Mann, who was lucky enough to attend CES, had reviewed the LG LRE3023ST, 6.3 cu.ft. Capacity Electric Single Oven Range with Fan Convection.  He remarks about the LG’s Smart ThinQ software, “It will connect to the LG ecosystem, but so far this software (like LG’s competitors) is proprietary and it’s impossible to link a Samsung washer, a Whirlpool dishwasher, an LG range, and a Hisense fridge.”

More on Smart Appliances

For more information, demonstrations and product availability, contact the appliance experts at Home-Tech. Our experts are trained on the advancements in smart appliances, and can show you how they can be of great value in your home or kitchen. Call 800-800-8356 to speak with an appliance expert or shop our online showroom to see our inventory.


Land Ho! Discover the Savings on New Appliances this Columbus Day

Today we celebrate the Italian voyager, Christopher Columbus.  While, yes, Home-Tech does have appliances on sale, we thought we would share a short history lesson. We all know of the famous fleet, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. But, did you know it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt who made this a federal holiday in 1937? Here are five more little known facts about the famous explorer and this holiday.

  1. In early colonial America, Christopher Columbus was a symbol of American nationalism.  The District of Columbia, which houses the nation’s capital, is named after the famous explorer.
  2. Columbus Day has several other names across the western world: “Discovery Day” in the Bahamas, “Día de las Americas” in Uruguay, “Día de la Hispanidad” in Europe and “Día de la Raza” in Latin American countries.
  3. Columbus’s burial location is unknown. He was buried and re-buried around the world several times, including brief stints in Spain and Haiti.
  4. In 1905, Colorado was the first state to recognize Columbus Day as an official holiday.
  5. San Francisco claims the nation’s oldest continuously existing celebration with the Italian-American community’s annual Columbus Day Parade, which was established by Nicola Larco in 1868, while New York City boasts the largest.

Navigating Through the Deals on Appliances

If you are planning to replace and purchase new kitchen appliances, Home-Tech is the place to buy them. Right now, we have several  rebates on LG appliances, built in cooking appliance combos. There are three different combinations for this rebate: the induction combo, double wall oven combo and the single wall oven combo. A rebate of up to $400 is available on the induction combo, consisting of an induction cooktop and a double wall oven. The double wall oven combination rebate is worth $300  with the purchase of a gas or radiant cooktop and double wall oven. The single wall oven combo, with a value of $200, can be redeemed with the purchase of a gas or radiant cooktop and a single wall oven. The rebates are on a pre-paid VISA card. Click here for more information.

appliances from frigidaireIn 2012 You Did Dare to Save Money on a Brand New Frigidaire

Right now seems like the perfect time to save money on new appliances, doesn’t it? Have you been waiting on purchasing that new oven or range? The time is now and the brand is Frigidaire. Receive up to a $450 Rebate with purchase of 2 or more qualifying Frigidaire Kitchen AppliancesYou can receive up to a $75 pre-paid VISA card on the purchase of a new range or oven from Frigidaire’s Gallery line.  And,  you can receive up to a $50 Visa Prepaid card with purchase of qualifying Frigidaire Freezers .Come into our showrooms and try before you buy.

Rebates Galore on Appliances

Home-Tech has you covered when it comes to new appliances. If you are looking for the best kitchen packages with the latest appliances, we have the deals you are looking for. Stop in our showrooms or shop our online appliance store.  Have appliances that are in need of repair, yes, we do that too! Call to schedule service now at 800-800-8356. 



Best of Appliances – 2014 Best Top Loading Washing Machines

best top load washerSelecting the right appliances for your laundry room may be easy or difficult, depending on how you tackle it. Either you can do all of the research on the best appliances for your buck, or you can trust Home-Tech’s appliance experts to direct you to the two top performing washers of 2014. Standard or high efficiency, we know our appliances inside and out, have the most popular Service Agreement in southwest Florida, and are well informed as to which appliances are leading the consumer markets nationwide.

The top performing appliances in the top loading washer category are the LG WT4801 and the Samsung WA5451ANW. Both washing machines are top of the list in the laundry category and are best sellers in the Home-Tech appliance stores.  Whether you wanted a roomy machine or the best possible cleaning performance, one of these appliances is sure to please.

LG 3.7 cu.ft. Large Capacity High Efficiency Top Load Washer

Large 3.7 cu.ft. Capacity

Towers of towels, piles of sweatshirts, and a mountain of jeans.  Go for it. The Large 3.7 cu.ft. washer lets you do more laundry in fewer loads. That’s time saved and sore backs avoided.

Direct Drive Motor, 10 Year Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty

When you buy a washer, you don’t want to worry that it won’t last. Because the Direct Drive Motor uses fewer moving parts and operates more efficiently, LG confidently backs the motor with a 10-year manufacturer’s limited warranty.

Vibration System TrueBalance™

You shouldn’t know your washer is on from the next room. The LG TrueBalance™ anti-vibration system is designed to minimize washer noise and vibration for smooth, quiet performance in any room of the house – even on the 2nd floor.

Clean Small Loads in Just 15 Mins

It’s not like you always have time on your hands to wait around for the wash. The SpeedWash™ Cycle can have clothes clean and fresh in just 15 minutes.

Effective Rinsing Penetrating Water Spray

Saving water doesn’t mean compromising cleaning power. At least not when you have the SmartRinse™ Jet Spray System. The tub quickly spins as a powerful water jet sprays into it, forcing the water to penetrate through the clothes for effective rinsing.

Detergent, Bleach and Softener all at Once

No need to watch the clock while you wash. EasyDispense™ takes the guesswork out of doing laundry by allowing you to pour in your detergent, bleach and fabric softener all at once, while releasing them at just the right time.

Cleans and Dries the Washtub

The TubClean Cycle is designed for easy, periodic maintenance to keep your washer fresh. The cycle uses water jets to clean the wash tub, and high spin speeds to remove excess moisture, helping to keep your high-performing washer in tip-top condition.

NeveRust™ Stainless Steel Drum

Just because you want your dryer to last for years doesn’t mean you want it to look its age. The NeveRust™ Stainless Steel Drum is built to keep drying your clothes more efficiently without showing wear and tear.


Samsung 4.7 cu. ft. VRT™ Top Load Washer

Capacity that fits more wash – so you can fit more in your day

With this super capacity washer you can wash more in fewer loads, saving you water and electricity. Wash a large number of bath towels in a single load, freeing up time for the more important things in life.

Samsung appliances laundry best ofVibration Reduction Technology (VRT) reduces vibration and noise

Samsung’s Vibration Reduction Technology (VRT) allows installation on second floors or near bedrooms because it provides smooth operation at spin speeds up to 1300 revolutions per minute, significantly reducing vibration and noise while improving handling of unbalanced loads.

PureCycle for a washer that cleans itself

Clean your machine with the press of a button! PureCycle removes dirt and detergent residue from the drum using high speed spinning and hot water instead of special cleaners with harsh chemicals that you must purchase. It saves you money as well as helps preserve the environment.

Diamond Drum™ for Gentler Washing

Stainless Steel Diamond Drum™ reduces wear and tear on fabrics.

Peace of mind with NSF® certified sanitization cycle

Samsung’s NFS certified washers eliminate 99.9% of household germs from laundry.

ENERGY STAR® certified to save power and money

ENERGY STAR certification means this model helps the environment by using less energy, which means less money you spend on electricity. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy promoting energy efficiency.

11 Washing Cycles to meet your washing needs

Normal, Heavy Duty, Permanent Press, Sanitize, Towels, Bedding, Active Wear, Delicates/Hand Wash, Wool, Quick Wash, Rinse and Spin

Air Conditioning Repair Home-Tech NaplesAll the Best Appliances of 2014 at Home-Tech

Regardless of what appliances you are shopping for, our In-Store Appliance Specialists are educated and up-to-speed on what the top performing appliances are in every single category. With Home-Tech you get top of the line appliances and access to the Home-Tech’s appliance repair when you need it most. For more information on our appliances or appliance repairs, please call us at 800-800-8356.

16 Dishwasher Repair Warning Signs

dishwasher repairDon’t let a dishwasher disaster happen to you. The expert technicians at Home-Tech know all brands of dishwashers inside and out. If you have LG, GE, Fisher Paykel, Maytag, KitchenAid, Bosch, Frigidaire, Hotpoint, Kenmore, Amana, Whirlpool, Jenn Air, Asko, Samsung,  or GE Profile, our technicians can make the repair. For a limited time, you can save money with the First Call’s On Us.

When to Call Home-Tech for Dishwasher Repair Service

While some small problems like spots on dishes and glass can be solved with a white vinegar rinse in the machine, others require more detailed and technical processes. Our techs have seen it at all, and this is a list of common dishwasher problems that will require dishwasher repair service:

  1. Dishwasher does not finish the cycle
  2. Dishwasher does not work – no sound, water or lights
  3. Dishwasher starts but motor hums
  4. Dishwasher does not fill with water or it drains while filling
  5. Water does not drain out from the dishwasher
  6. Dishwasher is leaking water
  7. Water or soap leaks around the door
  8. Water drains through the air gap into the sink
  9. Dry cycle problems
  10. Dishwasher is too noisy
  11. Door drops down with too much force
  12. Door does not close or latch properly
  13. Dishwasher cycle does not complete
  14. Detergent cup does not open
  15. Cycle times are too long
  16. Dishes are not cleaned adequately

Serving Up Some Excellent Dishwasher Advicedishwasher repair

We also like sharing tips for maintaining a well running dishwasher. Here are a few from our friends at Maytag:

  • Clean the interior of the dishwasher, with a paste of powdered dishwasher detergent and water or use liquid dishwasher detergent on a damp sponge to clean the cooled-down interior.
  • To help avoid odor or odor-causing residue in your dishwasher, use Affresh® dishwasher and disposer cleaner (recommended) once a month as part of routine maintenance. Affresh® dishwasher and disposer cleaner is effective in all dishwasher brands.
  • For our snowbirds, or part-time residents, if you will not be using the dishwasher during the summer months, turn off the water and power supply to the dishwasher.
  • Always use a rinse aid.
  • Always use a high-quality, fresh detergent. Powder preferred.

As always, Home-Tech and our technicians are here to assist you should you require dishwasher repair. With the purchase of a Gold Service Agreement, your service calls on your dishwasher repairs are covered under the contract.  If you are in the market to update your dishwasher, please visit our two showrooms: Fort Myers and Sarasota/Manatee, or shop our Online Appliance Store.